For our last day in Rome we walked everywhere! First we started off at the Coleseum. I'm so glad that we bought the Roma Pass because we were able to just skip the long line and go right in! The Coliseums is massive. Like unbelievably massive. I think it was my favorite sight of the day. After the Coliseum we headed over to the Forum. It was really intre3sting to see how Rome once stood. It really is true that you will be walking down a street and you turn a corner and you see ancient ruins. Very cool. An audio guide at the very least I think is esstintial to making sense out of all of these rocks and barely there structures. Sean said that it made the whole experience that much better for him. Some of the more interesting things to note there is this giant green door that was made 17 centuries ago and it still stands connected to the structure that it was meant to be for and is still on the same hinges AND still works. Talk about durability! And also hearing how Cesar was assassinated and seeing the face where is body burned was cool too.
After the Coliseum and the Forum we trekked over to the Trevi Fountain, and while beautiful, there were SO MANY tourists (especially high school groups) that it honestly took away from the experience. Back on the road again with gelato in our hands (Sean with chocolate and mint and me with pineapple and cantaloupe) we were off to the Spanish Steps. We went, we saw, we left. Again, same overcrowding of tourists you couldn't even really climb the steps. So we headed back to our B&B, drank some beer and hung out with Giovanni, the owner of the B&B. We had dinner at the same pizzeria we ate at 2 nights ago (La Pratolina) It was again amazing and included dessert as well. ;) We got back to the B&B about ready to call it a night when our door knocked and it was Giovanni asking "Do you and Sean want to get drinks with me and Vito?" Um….YA!!!!! I was personally geeking out in my head so excited to be hanging out in Italy with REAL Italians!
The conversation was a mixture of English and Italian, Giovanni doing a lot of translating between his friend and us. His friend though is 100% ROMAN. Like his family has lived in the city of Rome for CENTURIES!! SO cool. However, the best part of the conversation was when Giovanni and Sean got into a debate about who directed the Godfather. Sean insisted Kubrick, Giovanni insisted Scorsese. It was hilarious seeing them go back and forth so adamant that they were right that it took Giovanni taking out his phone to prove his point only to see that they were BOTH wrong and it was Coppola. For me it was the best debate to be sitting in the middle of. Lol.
SO we called it a night with Giovanni and Vito and went to bed. Sean's allergies have subsided just as mine are taking ahold of me. Go figure, right. But, we are in Italy so nothing is going to come inour way! (Hopefully)
We are currently sitting at the Naples train station right now waiting for our shuttle bus to pick us up and take us to Sorrento! We are very very VERY excited for Sorrento and to drink Limoncello all day long……